I was reading the news from the town where my mom and sister live (in Massachusetts) online early this morning, and saw a notice that their water and sewer rates will not be increasing. However, the selectmen have decided to transfer that debt instead to tax levies. Basically it sounds as if they are transferring the cost to property owners (commercial and residential), rather than renters. Ultimately, I'm sure those fees will be collected from renters in higher rents anyway, but I'm sure there's some logic behind it, perhaps to gain votes from renters. The reason the article caught my eye at all is that I know their rates are high already. I'm going to try to remember to ask my mom what her average bills is, next time I talk to her. Also, I received a notice the other day that my water/sewer rate will be increasing by 8.4%. I personally think it's disgusting to increase fees almost 10% when so many are struggling. I like having the trash picked up twice per week, but would be o.k. with paying less and cutting back to once per week trash pickup. Several large corporations in the area have recently announced layoffs. In addition to the increase, they are doing away with the grace period for late payments, which will result in late fees.